Former Celtic star Virgil van Dijk suffered a potentially season-ending injury against Everton in the English Premier League today, beIN Sports has reported.
The broadcaster says they have been informed he has ‘done’ his anterior cruciate ligament and, as a result, the Liverpool defender could be out for the next seven or eight months.
The Anfield club has yet to confirm the seriousness of the injury.
He was on the receiving end of a Jordan Pickford challenge during the Merseyside derby, which required him to be substituted off after just 11 minutes.
Commentators speculated that the goalkeeper could have been sent off for the tackle, which you can see below.
"He could have easily been sent off."
"I'm very surprised it's just been forgotten about?"
Jordan Pickford's challenge on Virgil van Dijk did not look good 😬
Should VAR have stepped in after this? pic.twitter.com/wTcW6CHcIf
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 17, 2020
Van Dijk was a much-loved figure amongst the Celtic support and I’m sure, like me, you’ll be wishing him all the best on his road to recovery.
Having emerged as one of the world’s best players, the news is also a bitter blow to the Reds’ ambitions this season.
The Dutch international made 115 appearances for the Bhoys, winning two league titles and a Scottish League Cup under Neil Lennon and Ronny Deila.
He was one of the first wave of elite-level talents to be sold for relatively big money to the English Premier League.
His progress in England has been a great advert for the development ground that Celtic Park can be for emerging stars.
Hopefully, the injury isn’t as serious as reports suggest and we see the big man back in action sooner rather than later.